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how to treat a stingray sting

Bathe Wound in Seawater and Remove Pieces

While still in water, irrigate wound to remove fragments of spine and tissue.
Get the person out of the water.
Gently manually remove obvious pieces of spine. Do not remove pieces of spine from the neck, chest, or abdomen

Stop Bleeding

Apply pressure above the wound if it is bleeding.
  1. Soak Wound in Hot Water For Pain Relief

    Hot water inactivates any remaining venom and may relieve pain.
    Do not soak in hot water more than 90 minutes as the skin can burn

Scrub Wound

Clean with soap and water.
Apply dressing. Do not tape it closed.
  1. Go to a Hospital Emergency Room

  2. Follow Up

    At the hospital, the barb and remnants of stingray spine will be removed.
    X-rays and CT scans may be done.
    A tetanus shot may be administered, if necessary.
    An antibiotic and pain reliever may be prescribed.
    Closely watch the wound as it heals for possibility of infection